The Sentence Types Page

Here is a list of some of the different sentence types that we’ve been looking at in class … (just in case you forget how to use them!).

…like a …
… as a …
A simile sentence creates a good picture in the reader’s mind. It essentially compares something to something else.

*The moon hung above us like a patient, pale white face.
*Although it was August, it was as cold as a late December evening.

Try to add some where and when information to your simile:

*It was as cold as ice.
Up-levelled …
*It was as cold as ice floating in the Artic Ocean on a moonlit winter night.


These begin with two pairs of related adjectives. Each pair is followed by a comma and then an ‘and’.

*Exhausted and worried, cold and hungry, he stumbled away.
*Angry and bewildered, numb and fearful, he couldn’t believe what was happening to him.


This sentence joins two related ideas by using a colon. The first part is descriptive and the second part adds detail . Both parts of the sentence have to make sense on their own. The colon tells us that the second part is going to add to the information in the first part.


 *The vampire is a dreadful creature: it kills by sucking the blood from its victims.

*I was exhausted: I hadn’t slept for more than two days.


You can use a DE:DE sentence you could try turning the first part into a question – tell the reader something the character is wondering about. The second part provides the reader with an answer.

*She wondered if it would ever end: it soon would, but not as she expected!


***SOME ; OTHERS ***

 Some others are sentences which begin with the word ‘Some’ and have a semi-colon separating it from another part beginning with ‘others’. They are useful for introducing a problem or argument in your writing.


*Some people love football; others just can’t stand it.

*Some days are full of sunshine; others begin and end with rain.

 Generally you can also use a; to replace a connective in a sentence.

*Running, I dashed to the supermarket because I was hungry

Becomes …

*Running, I dashed to the supermarket; I was hungry.



This is when you give human qualities to non-human things. The weather is a easy thing to use for personification. It is really powerful at creating moods in your writing!


*The rain wept down the window. = sad mood

*The wind screamed through the branches. = tense mood

*The breeze murmured through the branches. = happy mood

*The snow smothered the town. = tense, claustrophobic mood



 Short sentences are written using one, two or three words. They can be used to build tension, as sound effects or in speech.


* BANG! = Sound effect

* “Oh no!” =Dialogue

* Slowly. Silently. Carefully. I crept up on the guard. =Tension



These sentences begin with potential answers separated by commas followed by a – and then the question afterwards.


*Thirst, heatstroke, exhaustion – which would kill him first?

* North, South, West and East – which way would they go?

*Chips, pizza, burgers or sausages – what would I have to eat?


*** 2A SENTENCE ***

This is basically just two adjectives separated by a comma, that describe a noun.


He was an old, grumpy man.

It was a cold, dark night.

Top Tip – Try to choose amibitious vocabulary for the reader. The last sentence would be better as:

It was a pitch-black, moonless night.


Describe a place or a character’s appearance. Then, in brackets, reveal some hidden information for the reader. These sentences are also good to get the connective ‘However’ into your writing.


She looked like a sweet, innocent little girl. (However, on the inside, she was as sneaky as a wily fox). 

The two men shook hands politely and smiled at each other warmly. (However, on the inside, they couldn’t stand to be near each other!) 

There was a cosy, jolly cottage up on the hill. (However, inside the cottage lived an evil, crafty witch!)


Write a simple sentence and then add extra information about the subject of the sentence using commas to mark it out.


  • Terrifyingly a killer snowman attacked me.

…  could become …

Terrifyingly a killer snowman, who was covered in lumps of coal, attacked me

  • My sandwich was tasty.

… could become …

My sandwich, which was full of cheese, ham and pickle, was very tasty.


  • Above my head, clouds slowly drifted by like leaves floating down a river.

…could become …

 Above my head, clouds, which were fluffy and white, slowly drifted by like leaves floating down a river.

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42 Responses
  1. Govind says:

    I was sick ; I had eaten loads before I went swimming!

  2. Corben says:

    Thanks for these Mr Holder they really help me with my writing and try to use some sentence types as much as I can ( whithout over doing it).

  3. Zoë says:

    These are very useful!

  4. Isobel says:

    I have used this to help me in my 500 word challenge also my 100 wc its very useful

  5. Oliver says:

    I have tryed to use these in my work and i get them from this.

    • Alex H says:

      Oliver yopur not in trouble or anything im just correcting you to get my comments up, tried is spelt like tried not tryed. But good work for doing some sentence types.

    • Alex H says:

      Sorry for my bad spelling.

  6. Abbi says:

    I am using theses sentence types for my 500 word challenge fee are so lucky to have this opportunity to use this blog !

  7. Govind says:

    I think that I might have used an outside (inside) sentence in my work today! I feel so proud!!

    • Mr Holder says:

      On the outside, Govind appeared cool, calm and collected. (Inside, however, she was bursting with excitement; she was thinking about her wonderful writing!).

  8. Govind says:

    Thank you for putting these on Mr Holder. I find it very helpful.

  9. Mitchell says:

    Mr Holder, can you put a drop in sentence on the page?

  10. Harriet says:

    I find this very helpful Mr. Holder thanks for putting this on our blog.You should put an outside (inside) sentence, and maybe a 2 A sentence.

    XXX Harriet XXX

  11. Sophie says:

    These help me in my 100 word challenge’s now I have practiced them in class I am amazing at them!

  12. Scott says:

    I have done the blogging properly on the blog

  13. Oliver says:

    I think it’s very helpful Mr Holder, i will try to remember to use these in my writing.

  14. Scott says:

    Xbox, wii, playstation, which one should I play ?

    rain, snow, sun, windy, what do you think the weather will be like today?

    Which one should I go to football, or baseball,today?

    • Mr Holder says:

      Hi Scott thanks for putting these choice- question sentences on. Can you see where you needed to put a – in them ?

  15. Elliot says:

    Thanks Mr H I’ll use these in my work
    Elliot :):)

  16. Ben says:

    Thank you I will use these tips in my work

  17. Mitchell says:

    Thanks Mr Holder I will try and use these in my work!

  18. Faye says:

    When I was doing my homework I was looking through the list and I couldn’t find a Action Sentence. I thought you must not of put it on. I still added it in my home work though. 🙂

    • Mr Holder says:

      Would you like to add an action sentence to the page Faye? Feel free!

    • Faye says:

      Yes please Mr Holder

    • Faye says:

      I did a example:

      I tiptoed down the squeacky stairs, Bounced up and down with glee but then spotted my Mom…

  19. Faye says:

    I tried to use as much as I could 🙂
    If I think of any more that we have learnt in class I will tell you.

    • Faye says:

      Faye, who loves JLS, met Aston ( out of JLS) at the first concert she had gone to!


  20. Sophie says:

    I think these are really useful because when I am not quite sure how to use a de:de sentence I can always check and then I can use it correctly.

    • Mr Holder says:

      Good to hear it Sophie: that’s why I put them on there. I’m pleased that you’re using it! 🙂

  21. Faye says:

    This is really helpful thank you. 🙂

  22. Harriet says:

    I find them very helpful and have got a lot of them in my piano work
    Thank you
    XXX Harriet XXX

  23. Scott says:

    As l was listening to the sweet sweet piano l was taping my feet on the floor to get into the bass of the tune and gave me some memorise of 2012 and immediately l think yes you guest it the Olympics. But the piano started to make me go to sleep it felt very relaxing .

    • Harriet says:

      Nice work scott
      *Ii like your openers
      * I like some of your adjectives
      W- use better puntuation.
      overallit was good work
      well done.

    • Mitchell says:

      Scott, you could of put this as a post if you wanted.

  24. Abbi says:

    I used choice ones with the – personification and two pair sentences

  25. Abbi says:

    i am trying to put these into my piano work thank you ! 🙂

    • Mr Holder says:

      You’re welcome Abbi – I’m glad it helps. I hope people use them regularly.

    • Mrs Hopkins says:

      Glad to hear that Abbi. Let’s see how many of them you can get in!

  26. georgiah says:

    I think these will be really helpful Mr Holder and the people one struggle with writing might want to look at these more often ,thank you very much

  27. Amber says:

    I think they will be helpful Mr Holder thanks for putting them on.
    Amber M

  28. Mr Holder says:

    I hope this is helpful Year 6 – remind me when we look at some new ones in class and I’ll add them to this page.

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